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Southeast Ohio farm wins environmental award

Published Aug. 13, 2009 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Buckeye Farm News

An Ohio farm is among seven national winners of the cattle industry’s 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award.

Young’s Cattle Company, an Angus-based cow-calf and cattle feeding operation in Belmont County, received the recognition from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Operated by Farm Bureau members Richard and Jayne Young, the farm has developed lush green pastures from what used to be barren mine fields through a conservation plan that includes rotational and limited grazing to maintain a good stand of key forage plants, prevent soil erosion and provide habitat for wildlife.

They incorporate an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency-approved plan for bio-solids application to ensure each field gets the nutrients needed to produce quality pasture for grazing. In addition, 14 springs have been developed on the Youngs’ farm using recycled tire tanks and pressurized water lines with freeze-proof waterers.

The Youngs were nominated by Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.

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